Dean’s Message 

It’s open! Our beautiful Gerdin Business Building expansion is open and already being used in many ways. Students were excited to see the new Kingland Hub when we launched Business Week activities on November 9. We also celebrated with members of the Gerdin family when they returned to campus on November 13 for a small, physically distanced ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new expansion and the ongoing support of the Gerdin family. Dan and Joanie Houston joined us for a small, physically distanced Houston Professional Sales Suite ribbon cutting on November 19. President Wintersteen joined us at both ribbon cutting events. I would like to thank Danny Johnson for all of his hard work, dedication, and attention to detail that made for an amazing expansion to the Gerdin Business Building.     

Business Week was moved to November this year to coincide with the opening of the new expansion. I would like to thank Suzanne Lyndon, our event planner, and the Business Week planning committee for their hard work, not only with in person events, but also navigating the nuances of virtual events such as keynote speaker Miriam Lewis.  

Our Ivy Convocation video was posted November 28. Thank you to everyone who helped prepare for another virtual convocation experience, especially Fritz Nordengren for creating another memorial video for our students and their families to cherish. 

This newsletter, Ivy Online, is being reorganized and will live in a new Canvas folder beginning next month. Please be sure to read the instructions below in the Marketing and Communications Services section of this newsletter. This will impact how you submit your professional news.  

I hope you can all join us for our first virtual holiday social from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8. Details were provided by Suzanne Lyndon.  

It has been a busy, exciting, productive semester. Thank you for your dedication and passion in helping our students get the best possible business education. I wish you all a healthy, happy holiday season!  


Business Career Services (undergraduate) 

Thank you to all who supported the virtual events held through Business Career Services this fall. Here is some data regarding the events that we hosted. Please encourage students to engage in job and internship seeking. The current climate is not a time to pause or to wait it out. Many of our students are having good success in the process, but we know some are opting out due to the virtual nature. The more we promote active job seeking, the better the results for students. 

Actuarial Science Career Night (new for fall 2020!) 
Employers: 10 (F19: N/A) 
RSVP’d Students: 44, Students who participated: 34 (F19: N/A) 

Beta Alpha Psi-Meet the Firm 
Employers: 32 (F19: 40) 
RSVP’d Students: 170, Students who participated: 126 (F19: 133) 

Supply Chain Management Career Night 
Employers: 33 (F19: 57) 
RSVP’d Students: 163, Students who participated: 99 (F19: 160) 

Technical Career Night 
Employers: 24 (F19: 31) 
RSVP’d Students: 124, Students who participated: 62 (F19: 117) 

Marketing and Sales Career Night 
Employers: 32 (F19: 27) 
RSVP’d Students: 285, Students who participated: 150 (F19: 115) 

Business, Industry & Technology Career Fair 
Employers: 133 (F19: 195) 
RSVP’d Students: 2,339, Students who participated: 1,635 (F19: 3,536) 

Virtual Speaker Series 
22 professional development speakers in Zoom, 400-plus live participants, 100 – 200 watched a recording

Save the Date! 

Business, Industry & Technology Career Fair: February 25, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. through CyHire (video-based platform) 
Career Nights: TBD 


Dr. Charles B. Handy Graduate Programs Office  

On November 19, the MBA program hosted their 16th annual internal case competition with 28 students participating, along with nine judges, in the program’s first virtual case competition. The student-run event was coordinated by a student planning committee of first-year MBA students including Spencer Arnold, Tosin Bamidele, Pankti Mehta, and Claire VoissSarah Wilson and Debbie Johnson helped to advise the student planning committee. Scott Johnson and Pol Hermann, MBA core faculty members, prepared the internal case competition, along with support from Jim Summers, Sam DeMarie, Brad Shrader, and Jackie Rees Ulmer. Bill Kalm (’73 industrial administration, ’77 MS in interdisciplinary industrial administration sciences), a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and the MBA advisory council, is the founder of the event and continues to champion and fund the internal case competition. 

Two teams of MBA students participated in external case competitions in November. The first team competed at the MBA Virtual Case Competition in Ethical Leadership at Baylor University, where one of our students, Carissa Moyna, was selected for Best Q & A. The second team competed at the International Case Competition hosted by the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Melon, placing in the top 5 overallTabatha CarneyJamie SassJohn Burnley, and Sarah Wilson hosted training workshops for the teams. 

Sarah Wilson and Tabatha Carney hosted a second session for Ivy Connect, a program designed to engage deferred international masters students, on November 10. Tabatha led a discussion on CareerLeader, a business career self-assessment that is designed to help business students better understand themselves and their options on their journey to the MBA.


Department of Accounting 

Diane Janvrin, William L. Varner Professor in Accounting, Paul Caster (Fairfield University), and Randy Elder (University of North Carolina – Greensboro) had a paper titled, “An Exploration of Bank Confirmation Process Automation: A Longitudinal Study,” accepted for publication in Journal of Information Systems, an American Accounting Association Accounting Information Systems section journal. 


Department of Management and Entrepreneurship   

Iowa State University’s undergraduate entrepreneurship programs jumped from #26 in the Princeton Review rankings to #11!  

Manjot Bhussar, associate professor of management and entrepreneurship, received an Award of Excellence from the Iowa State University Student Government, in recognition of his use of open educational resources. 

Melissa Chamberlin, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, is leading a committee for Responsible Research in Business and Management that is organizing a Research Café, a series of virtual events designed to connect junior faculty and PhD students with scholars who have published work within the management field that addresses social issues. 

Sam DeMarie, director of the executive MBA and associate professor of management and entrepreneurship, was nominated for the Ivy Faculty and Staff Tenure Eligible/Tenured Faculty Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award. 

Monica Gordillo, assistant teaching professor of management and entrepreneurship, was nominated for the Ivy Faculty and Staff Term Faculty Superior Service in Teaching Award. 

Mike Howe, associate professor of management and entrepreneurship, was co-recipient of the Ivy Student Council October Teacher of the Month Award. 

Mike Howe, associate professor of management and entrepreneurship, received the Ivy Faculty and Staff Early Achievement in Research Award. 

Mike Lerman, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, was crowned the 2020 Management and Entrepreneurship Trivia Champion. 

Ishva Minefee, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, had a paper accepted at Strategic Management Journal titled, “Reexamining Investor Reaction to Covert Corporate Political Activity: A Replication and Extension of Werner (2017).” 

Maartje Schouten, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, was nominated for the Ivy Faculty and Staff Tenure Eligible/Tenured Faculty Early Achievement in Teaching Award. 

Tom Swartwood, associate professor of practice of management and entrepreneurship, was nominated for the Ivy Faculty and Staff Outstanding New Professional Award. 

Pol Herrmann, Bob and Kay Smith Entrepreneurship Professor in Management, was featured by the ISU Alumni Assocation for being a 2020 Faculty/Staff Inspiration Award recipient. Watch the video. 


Department of Marketing  

Raj Agnihotri, Dean’s Fellow in Marketing and director of the Ivy Sales Forum, had two papers accepted for publication: 

  • With Khashayar Afshar (PhD candidate in marketing), Valter Afonso Vieira, and Letícia Negreiros titled, “Perceptual Differences Regarding Leadership between the Store Manager and Employees and Its Impact on Frontline Sales Performance: A Research Note” in Journal of Retailing. 
  • With Wei Zhang, Kingland Faculty Fellow and associate professor of marketing, titled, “Developing Benchmarks to Capture Relative Performance for Sales Force Incentives Decisions: Lessons from B2B Insurance Industry,” in Industrial Marketing Management. 

Samantha N. N. Cross, associate professor of marketing, and Veronica Martin Ruiz, PhD candidate in marketing: 

  • Had a manuscript titled, “Institutionalizing Diversity and Inclusion Engaged Marketing (DIEM) for Multicultural Marketplace Wellbeing,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. Co-authors include Catherine Demangeot, Eva Kipnis, Chris Pullig, Charles Cui, Cristina Galalae, Shauna Kearney, Tana Licsandru, Carlo Mari, Samantha Swanepoel, Lizette Vorster, and Jerome Williams. This international team of researchers was also short-listed for the 2020 Global Women in Marketing Awards, sponsored by the Women in Marketing network, which is based in the United Kingdom. 

Samantha N. N. Cross, associate professor of marketing, and Professor of Marketing José Antonio Rosa, the John and Deborah Ganoe Faculty Fellow and Faculty Fellow in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, participated as invited panelists in a discussion session titled, “Entering Academia in a New Era,” at the 32nd annual Society for Marketing Advances Doctoral Consortium. 

José Antonio Rosa participated as an invited presenter and panelist at the 26th annual PhD Project Conference. He was a plenary session speaker in a session titled, “Secrets of a Successful Applicant,” and served as a panelist in a discussion session focused on benefits and important aspects germane to academic careers in marketing. 


#Gerdin Grows – Now Open!

The expansion to the Gerdin Business Building was opened in time for Business Week. Click here to see the latest photos.


Marketing and Communications Services  

Ivy Online is moving to Canvas! It’s a new year and a new Ivy Online! Starting with our January 2021 issue, all entries will be gathered in a Google form, found here. This is a simple form that you can fill out quickly to share your professional news. The form includes an example to show the preferred editorial style. Our goal is to prepare this important newsletter in a more efficient process and also move it off of the website. The monthly submission deadline will remain as the last Monday of each month, unless otherwise communicated. Please let us know if you have any questions. 

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Fritz Nordengren, digital media coordinator, was nominated for the Superior Service Award during the Faculty and Staff awards.  

Emily Bowman, graphic designer, was nominated for the Ivy Student Council Staff of the Month Award. 

Michele Appelgate, Suzanne Lyndon, Meredith Francom, and Emily Bowman attended the American Marketing Association’s virtual 2020 Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education November 16-19. 

We’ve had a lot of good news to promote lately, including:  

  • #11 in entrepreneurship undergraduate programs – Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine, 2021. This e-card was sent to all alumni, friends of the college, and AACSB deans.  
  • Discover Business, November issue  
  • Click here to see more news we shared in November. 


News Coverage 

Beatriz Pereira, assistant professor of marketing, was featured and quoted in several articles and interviews about her research on identity and compliance with public health guidelines: 

    • October 28: ISU News Service article, “Making health a central part of identity may improve mask compliance, other healthy behaviors.” Read more.
    • October 28: KCCI TV interview 
  • October 30: Iowa Public Radio “River to River” interview. Listen here. 
  • November 8: WHO-13 interview. Watch here. 
  • November 10: Iowa State ENews for Researchers under “Voices in Research” 

November 5: Women Who Create event was featured in an article by innovationIOWA for bringing women entrepreneurs together during the time of COVID. Read more.  

November 5: The Gerdin Business Building expansion was featured in an article by Inside Iowa State that updated readers about the progress of the expansion. Read more.  

November 5: Business Week and the Gerdin Building expansion were featured in an article by the Iowa State Daily. Read more.  

November 10: The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship was featured in an article by ISU News Service for the APLU recognition for innovation. Read more.  

November 11: Business Week was featured in the Iowa State Daily for Miriam H. Lewis’s virtual lecture on diversity and inclusionRead more.  

November 16: The MBA program was featured in an article by Yahoo!Finance,  “College Consensus Publishes Aggregate Ranking of the Best Value MBA Programs for 2021.” Read more. 

Raj Agnihotri, Dean’s Fellow in Marketing, and Patricia Daugherty, the Debbie and Jerry Ivy Chair in Business, were featured in:  

  • November 17: ISU News Service article for their research on how employees in frontline sales or service roles use Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to develop and maintain social capital. Read more. 
  • November 20: Business Record Daily article about how businesses explore the use of social media to build and retain customer networks during the pandemic. Read more. 

November 17: Ivy’s entrepreneurship program was featured in an article by Yahoo!Finance about The Princeton Review and Entrepreneurship Magazine’s top 50 entrepreneurship programs. Read more. 

November 18: The Ivy College of Business was featured in an article by the Business Record about the partnership with Pella Corporation and Vermeer Corporation to help more ISU graduates begin their sales careers in Iowa. Read more. 

Scott Grawe, chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management and Robert and Jane Sturgeon Fellow in Business: 

  • November 23: Was quoted in a Grow for CNBC article, discussing how the supply chain will affect the holiday shopping season. Read more. 
  • November 25: Spoke with reporters at WHO Radio, WHO TV, KCCI, WOI TV/Local 5, Radio IowaKMA, and Iowa Public Radio about potential delays in holiday deliveries due to supply chain issues related to the pandemic. This was a result of an article written by the Marketing and Communications Services team. 

December 1: Raj Agnihotri, Dean’s Fellow in Marketing, was interviewed for a podcast published by KNIA-KRLS about the Ivy College of Business sales program collaboration with Pella Corporation and Vermeer Corporation. Listen here. 


Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office 

Brenda Thorbs-Weber, academic adviser and multicultural liaison officer, was featured by the ISU Alumni Assocation for being a 2020 Faculty/Staff Inspiration Award recipient. Watch the video. 

Diann Burright, director of undergraduate programs, attended the Department of Supply Chain Management meeting on November 19. She shared student feedback, mindset, and engagement issues with faculty, and gave advice for spring semester planning.